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FOODPICKER: Diabetes Q&A
Diabetes Q&A (Questions & Answers) allows people with diabetes to ask health professionals questions free of charge.

E-mail your diabetes related questions to:  diabetes@foodpicker.org

Q. I was diagnosed on Monday of this week and feel really devastated.  My sugar check before my noon meal was 156.  This morning 2 hours after breakfast it was 202.

I need help with what foods I really need to eat.  I am glad to have found your web site.  It is very informative and I really need some help.

A. It can certainly be overwhelming when you are first diagnosed.  Keep in mind there is a lot you can do for yourself.  Below are five things you should learn more about when first diagnosed:

  1. Diet - Blood sugar and diet are directly related.  What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat affect blood sugar.
  2. Exercise - Those with diabetes often see improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity from exercise.
  3. Medication - Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with controlling diabetes.
  4. Testing - Testing blood sugar provides immediate feedback regarding how you are managing diabetes.
  5. Class - Attend a diabetes education class (usually offered at the local hospital) to help you get started with the basics.

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director


Previous E-mails to Christine (FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director)

A1c:  What should my A1c level be?

Acai Berry:  Is all the hype over acai berry for real, is it worth the high cost?

Alcohol:  Can I have wine with dinner?

Apple:  How many sugars are in an apple?

Carbohydrate:  Carbohydrate or calories?

Chromium:  Should I be taking Chromium?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse diabetes?

Diabetes:  Can you reverse pre-diabetes?

Dining Out:  We eat out a lot.  Could you give us some suggestions for Japanese and Chinese?

Dreamfields Pasta:  How does Dreamfields pasta count carbohydrates?

Fiber:  Which items are the best for fiber?

Flax:  Should I add ground flax seed to my meal plan?

Food Exchanges:  Can you explain food exchanges?

Frozen Shoulder:  Do my symptoms sound like frozen shoulder?

Fruit:  What is the difference between canned and fresh fruits?

Fruit Juice:  What can I drink instead of water?

Fruit Sugar:  Which fruits would be a better choice for me to eat?

Glucose Test:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

Gluten:  Should I be eating gluten free products?

HFCS:  What's all the hype with High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Blood Pressure:  What should I order when eating out to limit sodium?

High Blood Sugar:  My blood sugar levels have been running between 475 to 575.

High Cholesterol:  In addition to having diabetes I have high cholesterol.  What can I order?

Hunger:  What do you advise when I find myself, always, hungry and most of the time ravenous?

Margerine or Butter:  Why unhealthy margarine instead of butter?

Nuts:  What kind of nuts should I buy?

Olean:  Where I can buy Olean and what brands of food have it?

Pre-Diabetes:  What are Pre-Diabetes lifestyle changes?

Pre-Diabetes:  Newly diagnosed w/ Pre-Diabetes... where do I start?

Pre-Diabetes:  Do people with Pre-Diabetes have the same symptoms as those with Type 1 and Type 2?

Snacking:  How do I avoid overeating when I'm bored?

Stevia:  Are Stevia sweeteners safe for someone who has diabetes?

Sugar Alcohol:  What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohols?

Tomatoes:  Will tomatoes cause an increase in blood sugar levels?

Type 2:  What should I do if I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Weight Loss:  How do I lose weight?

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.


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